Okay kittens, some words from me to wrap up the day.
It’s been a day. Think that about covers all aspects of it.
Usual occurrences after something like this happens… media will speculate wildly on various things. The online world will make it 100 times worse once the trolls and other assorted loons start their nonsense. That’s why it’s always wisest to wait for the FACTS. That Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook graphic… every point on that was hit in the coverage today.
And of course, tonight, the endless debating over every little oddball thing about the day’s events. Again, I prefer to wait for the FACTS rather than a lot of speculation about motives and other things.
You see, what’s missing while people debate these things endlessly — 10 fatalities, 15 injured. That number will likely change if some of the most critically injured decline suddenly. They are forgotten in the rush to offer opinions on every little thing online from all the $3 experts.
I recall the wisdom of Mr. Rogers: in these situations, look for the people who are helping. The first responders, people on the street, everyday folks just out getting some air on an 18 degree sunny afternoon, such a change from a week ago, nobody hesitated for an instant. Proud of them, each and every one, because to a person, they ran towards the dead and injured and helped in any and every way possible. Extra love to our first responders tonight, We’ve Got Your Back. Please reach out and talk about what you saw and experienced today, and please, stay safe.
If you are a 60s hippie kid like me, you’ll remember the sign on and sign off of City tv every day of the week with People City. Lots of great retro video scenes, everybody doing their thing. Lot of good people in that video. Toronto the good. 40 years on, and a lot of us are still around, and a younger generation has taken the place of those who aren’t. Same good people kittens, same folks doing their thing, making our city great.
Do not let one criminal act colour the rest of your week. Hug your loved ones a little longer and a little tighter. Say whatever three words bring comfort; I Love You; I’ve Got You; You’re Safe Now; you’ll know the right three, trust me.
And we will do what we always do in Toronto, we will carry on and life will continue. Take my advice, avoid the media… don’t obsess over every little thing that gets a BREAKING NEWS hashtag or graphic slapped on it. Avoid the instant experts who declare unsubstantiated bullshit to be true. You’ll remember the media had the same obsession about another case and it’s been shoved aside while they obsess over this now.
But the people of People City; that’s where the miraculous and the magical happened today and will again tomorrow and the next day, and so on. The stories of people looking out for each other on transit, on the sidewalks, I noticed this afternoon and evening that there has not been the impatient honking and yelling from drivers waiting to get to the highway that I have heard every day for the past few weeks.
Friends who reached out to friends via text, voicemail, email, phone call… hey, you safe? You need a shoulder/ear? “Are you okay?” was asked in a hundred different ways. I know they have a list of resources at hand, because people will be affected by today’s events, and some will struggle. There’s no shame in reaching out, so do just that, and we will guide people to the help they require.
The scenery may have changed over the years, but the people of Toronto, People City, they are the constant, and they are what makes our city so great. We truly are #TorontoStrong and we will always remain the #PeopleCity
Love and hugs sent to you all, enjoy the 70s nostalgia: Toronto People City
Christine/City Mom 🙏🏼💙💙